religious freedom religious freedom
Stories About

religious freedom

Outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian protesters in 2018 demand an end to China's mass detention of Uighur Muslims. On Monday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 20th annual report. Achmad Ibrahim/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Achmad Ibrahim/AP

Evangelicals pray during a church service in Havana, Cuba. Religious groups on the island have come out in opposition to a new constitution which will be voted on on Sunday. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Ramon Espinosa/AP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with a delegation of U.S. evangelical Christian leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in November. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters hide caption

toggle caption
Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters

Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/681200155/681535319" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Chinese Hui Muslims pray during Eid al-Fitr prayers at Niujie Mosque in Beijing in 2015. Authorities in western China were poised to begin demolition of a mosque Friday, despite protests by members of the country's Muslim Hui ethnic minority determined to preserve the newly built structure. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Schiefelbein/AP

American pastor Andrew Brunson is being held in Turkey on accusations of terror and espionage.In a tweet, President Trump called Brunson "a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being." AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
AFP/Getty Images

Critics of Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, worry Severino's efforts on behalf of some health workers will reduce women's access to reproductive health services and could aggravate discrimination against transgender people. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/591833000/595345014" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Department of Health and Humans Services is adding a Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/578811426/578957003" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, seen here at a news conference last month, is being nominated by President Trump to be an ambassador for religious freedom. John Hanna/AP hide caption

toggle caption
John Hanna/AP

David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom speaks after representing Trinity Lutheran Church before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Concerned Women for America hosted a rally in support of the Missouri church on the court steps. Lauren Russell/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Lauren Russell/NPR

In Church-State Playground Brawl, Justices Lean Toward The Church

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/524748818/524785983" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Children play on the playground at the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia, Mo. Courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom

Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/524556011/524654698" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Protesters and LGBT activists rally outside Trump International Hotel this month in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/517092031/517657467" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Even after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, there have been efforts to pass a religious freedom bill. LGBTQ rights advocates believe lawmakers anticipate support from the Trump administration. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Wong/Getty Images

LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/515585721/517305333" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation from the United States, speaks Wednesday as she holds her 6-year-old daughter, Zuri, during a news conference in a Denver church in which Vizguerra and her children have taken refuge. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

toggle caption
David Zalubowski/AP

Sanctuary Churches Brace For Clash With Trump Administration

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/515510996/515529380" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower on Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump about choosing key members of their future administration. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Set To Govern At Trump's Side

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502214241/502223749" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a Bible that was given to him by his mother as he speaks during the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25, 2015. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jose Luis Magana/AP

What Does Trump's Promise Of A Nation 'Under One God' Really Mean?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/494367803/494377369" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Protesters march on May 1, seeking repeal of a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples, transgender people and others. A federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional late Thursday. Jeff Amy/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jeff Amy/AP

Jehovah's Witnesses sing songs during a meeting in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in November 2015. The country's top prosecutor is threatening a nationwide ban for alleged "extremism." Alexander Aksakov/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alexander Aksakov/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses Fight 'Extremist' Label, Possible Ban

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476898973/478417215" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript